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Two Decades of Suicidal Thoughts: A Client Love Story

Think back to your first real job. Remember that one old-timer who had all the great stories? I don’t mean the bitter guy who wore a tie with his dandruff-covered short-sleeved shirt, and referred to upper management as “The Gestapo.” I mean the funny dude who seemed to know his shit, but also had a million great stories about the industry. He knew every client, went to all the trade shows – and talked about flying on airlines like Eastern and Pan Am. Back when they served real meals. In coach.
Posted on July 3, 2012 and filed under Advertising, LOL, Soapbox, Storytelling.

What the Bar Scene Can Teach Us About Social Media

A couple years ago I tried to explain why a client needed to understand that each social channel has its own communication style. All the client wanted to do was shoot out a message that said, "Go back to our website and buy shit!" Because, of course, social media would then become a river of gold.
Posted on February 10, 2012 and filed under LOL, People, Research, Social Media.

Single Serving Websites - Part One: Chaos + Simple = Humor

Single-serving websites are a bit what the name describes. They typically do one thing and one thing only. They still exist in this giant mix of the internet as a beacon to simplicity. They're typically not fancy; they typically don't take long and often they're funny. I remember my first fore into this arena is what I still consider the greatest single-serving site ever: http://zombo.com/. This site was ironically brought to my attention by one of the premier masters of this genre, David Kraftsow, to whom will be my final post regarding this space.

Take the following list with a large grain of salt. Some of this content is crass, others inspiring, but what's most important is that in a day and age of sites with mountains of data, these sites still get mobs of traffic. Why? Well I would speculate that it's just that. A throwback, something simple, a quick laugh, shocking but most of all it's a one hit wonder. I start this list with http://ytmnd.com (YTMND), which if you're new to this site stands for "You're The Man Now Dog", taken from the film Finding Forrester, a 2000 American drama film written by Mike Rich and directed by Gus Van Sant. (YTMND)

"YTMND, an initialism for "You're The Man Now, Dog", is an online community centered on the creation of hosted web pages (known within the community as YTMNDs or sites) featuring an absurd juxtaposition of a single image or a simple side-show, which may be animated or tiled along with optional large zooming text and a looping sound file. Images used in YTMNDs are usually either created or edited by users. Most YTMNDs are meant to expose or reflect the more insubstantial facets of pop culture, and some can be considered inside jokes." ~ wikipedia

Random single-serving site generator:

End of days:

Shockers:

Sign-a-longs:

Celebrity one offs:

Sounds:

Colors:

Just words:

Artsy-fartsy:

Personal favorites:

Total wastes of time:

Tools:

And now for something completely different:

Fore more education on this phenomenon see: http://isthisyourpaperonsingleservingsites.com

Posted on February 11, 2011 and filed under Interactive, LOL, Trends.